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Wizarding world of Harry Potter a park now

world Updated: Sep 23, 2009 13:43 IST
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It sounds like a new book in the Harry Potter series, but Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will be a high-tech ride and the marquee attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Forbidden Journey ride was named by author JK Rowling and described by Universal officials in a webcast revealing details of what the Potter park will look like.

The ride will take guests through scenes and rooms from the blockbuster movies inside a richly detailed remake of Hogwarts Castle made to look 700 feet tall. Hogwarts is where Harry attends a boarding school for witches and wizards.

Guests will enter the Wizarding World through a station archway named for Hogsmeade, the magical village near Hogwarts.

A plume of steam and a train whistle will sound the arrival of the Hogwarts Express.

The goal is to make the experience immersive, so nothing outside is visible after guests pass the Hogsmeade station archway.